Heartbreak and Reminders from the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

Thanks to WBIR-Knoxville for the opportunity to join tonight's 5pm newscast to think through the social impact of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Churches are carriers of culture and connective threads to our past. As many around the globe mourn the damage, this moment is a reminder of sacred spaces in our own communities that …

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Talking “Cultural Catholics” on First Things (podcast)

https://soundcloud.com/firstthings/cultural-catholics-conversations-with-mark-bauerlein-32919 Listen to my conversation with Mark Bauerlein on the First Things podcast to learn more about the substantial swath of Americans who think of themselves as "partially Catholic" in some way, though not religiously. I draw upon data from the Pew Research Center and my chapter in the 2018 Annual Review of the Sociology …

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My JSSR review of “Postsecular Catholicism: Relevance and Renewal”

My review of Michele Dillon's 2018 book Postsecular Catholicism: Relevance and Renewal was just published in the latest issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (JSSR). Dillon's book considers how religion - and Catholicism in particular - maintains relevance amidst "secularization." She contends that the Catholic Church's postsecular engagement exemplifies the clash …

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